04/25/2011 1:07PM

Woodbine: Buttigieg has threats in both divisions of allowance


ETOBICOKE, Ontario - Owner-trainer Paul Buttigieg will be represented in both splits of a six-furlong Ontario-sired allowance Wednesday at Woodbine, when he runs Red Shot in the fifth and Ten Lakes in the finale.

Post time for the first of eight races on the first Wednesday evening program of the meet is 6:45 p.m.

Red Shot has started only once, in an Ontario-sired maiden special in June of last year. He grabbed the lead in that five-furlong dash, and barely held on to win by a neck. His time of 57.74 seconds was good for a respectable Beyer Speed Figure of 73.

Journeyman Omar Moreno, the 2010 Eclipse Award-winning apprentice, has the call on Red Shot, who was bred by Buttigieg.

Ten Lakes is also returning from an extended layoff. He graduated second time out last July 4, getting a 77 Beyer Figure in the seven-furlong maiden special on the grass. In his only other outing, three weeks later, he was a prominent third in the restricted Deputy Minister Stakes, going seven-eighths on Polytrack.

Ten Lakes should be well-backed under Emma Wilson.

Euclid Avenue should make some noise in the eighth. He was a minor player in two Ontario-sired stakes last year at 2, the Frost King and Kingarvie.

Euclid Avenue had an encouraging season opener April 8, when he wound up second to favored Hawk Over Heath after a wide journey in a five-furlong allowance. Eurico Da Silva retains the mount.

Hawkey Star finished up the track behind Euclid Avenue April 8, after failing to flash his customary speed. He’s being reunited with Tyler Pizarro, who was aboard for his narrow loss Nov. 28.

Cook’s Look, Steady Stuart, and Northern Bear are other possibilities in the fifth.

Cook’s Look was a minor player in the majority of his 12 outings last year, during which he failed to find the mark. He closed belatedly for third when he came off the sidelines April 8, an effort which should set him up nicely for this engagement.

Luis Contreras will ride Cook’s Look for trainer Bob Tiller, a dangerous combo.

Steady Stuart completed his 2010 campaign with a 10th-place finish, but was a prominent fourth when he came back from a winter break April 8.

Northern Bear is a bounce prospect. He had been laid up for nearly a year when he won his maiden with a 67 Beyer April 10.

Jono Jones inherits the mount from Contreras on Northern Bear.